Let Technology Be Your Guide to 2020

What will business technology look like in 2020? That’s the question we asked some of the industry’s top IT leaders for our forthcoming ebook, “Business Technology 2020.”

Of course, cloud is a part of the answer. However, in 2020, we will be talking about cloud much differently than we do today. I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you my vision for business technology in 2020.

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How to Prepare for the Cost of BYOD

There’s no denying the prevalence of the Bring Your Own Device movement and the advantages it offers organizations by promoting worker productivity with anytime, anywhere access. But some organizations might forget to think about all the costs associated with BYOD — costs related to management and security that can set a company back much more than the potential savings BYOD achieves.

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Three Ways to Get Your Organization in the Big Data Game

When it comes to Big Data, your organization could be missing out on key advantages to find and keep customers. Businesses today are producing and processing masses of data — at breadths, depths and velocities never seen before — and they’re using the information collected for competitive advantage with customers. But many organizations might not fully recognize the value of all the data being managed. In fact, only 37 percent of IT and business managers are familiar with the Big Data concept, according to CompTIA’s recent “Big Data Insights and Opportunities” study.

But according to the latest research, organizations that use analytics, and use them creatively—finding interesting patterns and following them down the rabbit hole, as data scientist Bill Franks says — are the ones reaping value.

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Beware BYOD? Not With These 3 Key Policy Traits

Now that the Bring Your Own Device movement has taken hold in the business world, the first step organizations must take is to create a policy for the employees who access company data and applications with their own smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Unfortunately, though many companies have joined the movement, 71 percent of organizations have not yet taken the step of creating a specific BYOD policy or procedure to ensure security, according to a recent study by KnowBe4 and ITIC.

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Mobile Matters: Three Factors for Moving App Development Forward

With organizations seeking new ways to increase productivity, they are turning more and more toward mobility, diving into the Bring Your Own Device movement and, increasingly, making application development a priority.

In fact companies worldwide will spend $9 billion by the end of the year on application development software, a 1.8 percent increase from last year, according to a recent Gartner study. Additionally, projects to enable mobility will make up 80 percent of all development activities by 2015.

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How Much Is Your Data Center Really Costing You? [INFOGRAPHIC]

We understand that increased data usage and the adoption of cloud environments are putting a strain on your current data center requirements. And for those of you who are still running your own data centers, the costs and growth are just going to continue to increase. In fact, according to, you’re probably already paying $450,000 a year for 5 IT managers to run your data center 24/7/365, and that number is just going to get bigger as your business and data needs grow.

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Is the CIO Role Shrinking? Three Ways to Secure the Spotlight

With more organizations turning to the cloud and third-party providers for data and network infrastructure services, technology leaders are seeing changes to their responsibilities and roles within the company like never before.

It’s no wonder CIOs are looking for more efficient technology. With technical operations, internal business needs, the mobile workforce, the influx of the BYOD, and business-capable Web applications, IT leaders have a full plate.

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CenturyLink and Savvis: Network Backs the Cloud

We talk a lot about the cloud and data centers here at ThinkGig, covering everything from the technology benefits to looking ahead to what’s new. In my new role in charge of product and marketing for CenturyLink’s Enterprise Markets Group, one of the questions I get asked most is how the acquisition is going and how Savvis’ cloud offerings fit into CenturyLink’s network solutions. I had the opportunity to talk to Sean Buckley at FierceTelecom about this very topic and wanted to share the article with you.

We also covered various industry hot topics such as: What is the difference between private, public and hybrid cloud? Here is an overview of my response to that question:

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